When it comes to studying law, National Law Universities are most sought after. It is no surprise then that Common Law Admission Test has so many takers. NLUs conduct this exam on a rotational basis every year and this year it is NUALS Kochi at the helm of exam organization. CLAT 2018 exam date is May 13, 2018. A latest notification published in newspapers now reveals dates for application form submission and eligibility.
Law aspirants are hereby informed that the application form will be available in online mode from January 1, 2018. From then onwards until March 31, 2018, the online application form shall remain open. One can apply anytime in this duration. There will be separate forms for undergraduate admission seekers and postgraduate admission seekers. By the same token, the exams would also be different for UG and PG. The Common Law Admission Test acts as a gateway for admission to five year integrated law degree course and one year LLM program.
There are twenty one NLUs in India, of which, most accept score of this entrance exam. However, NLU Delhi holds a separate entrance exam known as AILET (All India Law Entrance Test). This year AILET is on May 6 which is exactly a week before CLAT. It is expected that several students will be common in these exams.
One can appear in CLAT UG exam if he or she has passed class twelfth with minimum forty five percent (or forty percent for those belong to reserved category). In order to be eligible for CLAT PG exam one needs to have LLB degree or equivalent with fifty five percent (or fifty percent for those belonging to reserved category).
Now the biggest question every CLAT aspirant has in mind is the age limit criteria. Until a few years ago, there used to be an upper age limit to appear in CLAT which was re-introduced last year. As per that, candidate ought to be less than twenty years (or twenty two years in case of reserved category) as on July 1. However chaos reigned over this and finally the hon’ble Supreme Court had to step in. Age bar was removed last year and was to be discussed before being finalised for next CLAT, which is this one.
This notification (see image) does not throw any light on age limit. Eligibility criteria here only mentions educational qualification. This could mean that there is no age limit in CLAT 2018. What do you think? Should there be an age limit in Common Law Admission Test 2018? Share your views in comments below.